Karen Zelaya-Kendall, PhD
My work with people who are experiencing emotional and behavioral disorders is more than a job to me. I have been blessed to help people gain a healthy life for the past 21 years. I am amazed by the resiliency and courage to seek help that I see everyday.
I have done psychological evaluations and provided individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy and DBT to clients in outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment settings. I was Intensively Trained in DBT by Behavioral Tech, LLC 2006-2007. As the former DBT Team leader at the Belmont Center and at Crozer Community Hospital, I coordinated the DBT programs and trained staff to provide DBT. I started to offer DBT in my private psychotherapy practice in 2012.
Christopher Deussing, LCSW
For over 20 years, Christopher has treated individuals & families coping with mood difficulties, psychotic illnesses, trauma, grief / loss, relationship challenges, addiction, & personality disorders. He is proficient in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) & Modern Psychoanalysis. Christopher serves as a clinician on Burning Man's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). He also functions as a field instructor for Philadelphia University's graduate school of psychology & was a member of Belmont Center's DBT Team from 2010-2013.
Lauren Gonzalez, LMFT
Looking for new and opposite alternative responses to old patterns and behaviors is one of my favorite aspects of DBT. I believe in motivating shift (whether internally or externally) when certain belief systems make relationships challenging, and make life feel uninspiring and directionless--like a grind. These patterns of thought and behavior are limiting, and I like to help people change them.
I am intensively trained in DBT, having studied with Behavioral Tech (Foundational Training) in Seattle. Previously, I earned my masters in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, in New York. Having spent more than two decades in publishing, as both a writer and editor, I have been widely published, and bring the use and narrative and metaphor to the therapy room--therapy is, after all, creative.
I've been practicing mindfulness since my introduction to Zen Buddhism in the early 90s, and yet find the best practice is staying present and aware without spinning into negative thought patterns in traffic, while standing in lines, and going about your daily life.
I view the therapeutic process as collaborative, and my style is direct and engaged. I work primarily with adults, and small numbers of teens, and teach Advanced and Adult DBT skills classes and a teen skills class, as well as expressive writing and trauma writing for healing courses in Philadelphia and my private practice in New Jersey and California (telemedicine).
Kimyette Willis, LPC
I believe that people are doing the best they can given their present tools and life circumstances. In fact I believe that we all hold the keys to living our best life. As humans we may become stuck in unproductive behaviors that may lead to shame, anxiety and painful dispositions. Therefore we may need someone to help us to explore our possibilities to move forward effectively. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) allows us to tap into our wise mind by providing skills to assist us with our life journey.
I offer an accepting and validating atmosphere allowing clients to blossom. I encourage my clients to value their own self-worth and let go of anxiety, depression, shame and self-doubt. I invite you to live a Mindful life fully accepting that you are able to live well and be well.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) I received a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Immaculata University and a BA in Psychology from Widener University.